Having recently announced Josie Fraser will be speaking at this year’s ALT Annual Conference we are delighted to confirm that Ian Livingstone CBE will also be keynoting this year. Ian co-founded iconic games company Games Workshop, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and also co-authored the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebook series. When serving as Executive Chairman at Eidos, he launched global video games franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He co-authored the influential Livingstone-Hope Next Gen review published by NESTA in 2011, working with government to introduce the new Computing curriculum in schools in 2014. His current roles include Chairman of Playdemic, Chairman of Midoki and Chairman of Sumo-Digital. He has been awarded a BAFTA Special Award and a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours list.
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The Innovating Pedagogy 2015 report compiled and published by the Open University highlighted the growing emergence of Computational Thinking and it’s importance in developing problem solving skills which can be used in a wide set of contexts. This will be at the heart of Ian’s talk as he draws on 40 years of experience highlighting the Power of Play in learning:
Generation Z are the connected generation, living in an age of high-tech communications, technology-driven lifestyles and prolific use of social media. How do we reach them? How do we teach them? Ian will give a visual account of his learnings from 40 years in the games industry, starting as an entrepreneur in the 1970s when setting up Games Workshop, writing the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebooks series, and launching Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He will talk about the Power of Play in learning, and the importance of having Computing on the National Curriculum to promote creativity, computational thinking and problem solving – meta skills for the digital age.
Submissions for this year’s conference are still open until 30th March and more information on the Call for Proposals page.